Saturday, February 7, 2015

Open hardware

Hardware design and development traditionally have been shrouded in secrecy, with companies desperate to keep their designs for internal use only. But in a world where sharing and transparency have become the norm, and global collaborative development is no longer just a phrase used by marketers—at least in software engineering—it’s time for things to change.
Hardware engineering needs to take the same open source path as software to enable rapid innovation and progress—but will only be possible when engineers aren’t wasting time reinventing the wheel.